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this new virtual reality experience is a treat. onra: welcome to our viewers public television in america and around the globe. how was the relationship between the u.s. and germany? it depends on who you ask. between the two countries continues. for the u.s. president, that means taking to twitter. he said, "we have a huge trade deficit with germany and they pay less than they should for nato. very bad for the u.s., it will change." the german chancellor restated her view that europe has to look out for itself. are ofsatlantic ties paramount importance to us. the only thing i did was to say
the current situation gives more reasons for us in europe to take our destiny in our own hands. laura: the white house press secretary sean spicer described the relationship between chancellor merkel and president trump in glowing terms. mr. spicer: i think the relationship you would describe as fairly unbelievable. they get along well. he has a lot of respect for her. they continue to grow the bond that they had during their talks in the g7. he views not only germany, but europe as important allies. i discussed all of this with the previous senior director for european affairs on the national security council and now president of the marshall fund for the united states. where do you currently assess the relationship between -- would you currently assess the relationship between angela merkel and donald trump as unbelievable?
>> it is no question they have a difficult relationship. whether the chancellor was to whato signal an end has been a strong relationship, i doubt. words she chooses her carefully, doesn't she? she must be pretty mad with donald trump to even hint that europe should not rely on the u.s. anymore. >> it goes back to the campaign when candidate trump was talking about nato being obsolete and 2s openly supporting brexit, things germany didn't support. we saw her visit the white house and have difficult conversations in washington about germany's trade deficits and defense spending. that has carried on through the nato summit. wasa: do you think it donald trump refusing to commit to the underlying nato principle of mutual defense?
>> she was no doubt shocked that when he was standingt the shard fromof then to go to sicily and have six leaders against one, donald trump not supporting time and, was deeply frustrating for her. laura: you are expert on german-u.s. relations. does donald trump have a point when he talks about the trade thecit to germany and nato being a ride? >> it is not sustainable for the u.s. to a 75% of defense spending. what have they got? not very much. i will change this by speaking bluntly on these issues.
laura: what is the implications of this risk? >> the problems in the way president trump is communicating the message is it might make it more difficult for european allies to step up defense spending. in germany, you have an election in september. she can't make the case that we for spend more on defense president trump, she has to make the case that germany has to do it for germany. she was making a case for a strong europe. why europe needs to do more. laura: isn't this exactly what vladimir putin of russia wants? >> i think the only one thoroughly enjoying the war of words over the weekend was the russian president. he can sit back and have these nato allies argue among themselves, rather than focus on
the challenges that exist outside nato's borders. laura: is it possible voices inside germany may question the nuclear alliance, the umbrella with the united states, and talk about germany having its own nuclear deterrence, or looking throughout europe? we have seen voices on the french raise that issue, but i think what we will see is germany exercising strategic patience to see what trends actually prove longer-term in terms of the u.s. relationship. laura: what could repair this relationship in the short-term? >> it will be difficult. as we saw the tweet that you read donald trump this morning in capital letters, "the massive trade deficit that germany has and "less spending in
nato. than is desirable" that will endure during the trump presidency. laura: the communications hasctor, mike dubke announced he was leaving. it comes as questions grow about the medications with russia. they need to decide on a new fbi director. anthony zurcher joined me to discuss this. is this the first shoe to drop? are more people going to quit or resign? anthony: we will have to see. he was not a household name compared to other denizens of the west wing. it means that the head of communications was the first person to go. you heard donald trump over the last couple of weeks think the problem he is having is a messaging problem rather than policy or management. if you are starting to clean house in the communications
team, it gives credence to that. he thinks his communications team is doing disservice. medications when the main communicator is the president through twitter? anthony: he wants to start speaking more and rallies and is bringing old campaign people. there is a chance that corey lewandowski, one of the more aggressive managers, could be coming on board. he thinks he is his best messenger. sean spicer said that today, donald trump is the best person to describe what donald trump wants. laura: this seems like everyone in the white house is lori lawering up, including jared kushner.
anthony: over the weekend we found out jared kushner is being focused on in this ongoing investigation. not necessarily as a suspect of criminality, but as a person of interest. special counsel starts sniffing around the white house to someone in a senior level that may have had a bad level communication with russia is a concern for the administration. you never know which direction these investigations will turn or what they will find. laura: does this affect jared kushner's position in the white house? use. to be unassailable because he was family, does this change that? keepsy: donald trump them closest purity you are seeing a call for his security clearance to be temporarily revoked as the investigation goes on. he has his fingers in some many things.t foreign policy, trade, the economy, reinventing government,
this investigation into streamlining government, it will be a challenge to detach himself. laura: where does this leave the president's agenda on health care reform and tax? they are concerned. they will have to focus on answering questions on that rather than advancing their agenda. donald trump tweeted about his tax plan that it is going ahead of schedule, but if you talk to most people in this town, it is in the early stages. donald trump said he preferred to see the filibuster done away with, because they are running into so much opposition. laura: thank you for joining us with that analysis. of course, we will follow all of those twists and turns inside the white house. donald trump tweeted that he promised this weekend he would make a decision whether or not to withdraw the u.s. from the
paris climate accord. find outiting to when james comey will testify on capitol hill. watch this space. grande has announced you will perform on sunday at a benefit concert for victims and their families. two will be joined by justin bieber, katy perry, and coldplay. from manchester, danny savage reports. danny: she is the global superstar who the victims of the manchester bombing had gone to seed. ndeer the attack, ariana gra returned home to the states, saying that her heart was broken. there is the one love manchester concert this sunday. free tickets will be offered to those who were at the arena.
she won't be performing alone. justin bieber is joining her. other famous names include take proceeds donated the from their liverpool concert to the victims. , who broke down in tears last week as she talked to fans about the atrocity. this is where the concert will take place, the cricket grounds at old trafford. it has a capacity of 50,000 people. be upmost in people's minds. the concert occurs on the same day during a testimonial match of manchester united. the police chief is confident his force can cover both events. >> you will see a significant police presence around both
events, armed and not armed. we will review intelligence as it comes in to make sure everyone is safe and can enjoy both events. danny: police have been speaking to families who were at the original arena concert. most are happy. some are not. >> i don't think it is showing a great deal of respect. it is not allowing them to show respect to their loved ones, or for the individuals in hospital to get over their injuries. danny: in the quiet dignity of the square and manchester city center, there is broad support for ariana grande's return. >> she should be commended, really. it is something needed. it is a message to them to not hide who you are. you should not have been targeted. danny: the concerts will sell out quickly. shena grande says it wil
hopes it will heal the city. danny savage, manchester. laura: in other news, the u.s. military has successfully staged a test of an interceptor to defend against a ballistic missile. it was a simulated attack. it was the first ever live fire test of the system according to the pentagon. it comes as fears mount of a possible missile strike from north korea. police in germany have arrested a 17-year-old who was thought to be planning a suicide bombing in or len. he was picked up in brandenburg. the interior minister of brandenburg states the suspect was syrian. he arrived in germany in 2015 and was living in a refuge for unaccompanied children. the united nations security isncil has heard that yemen headed for institutional collapse.
country's people were subjected to deprivation, disease, and death while the world watched. bangladesh has been battered by tropical cyclone mora. hundreds and thousands have been evacuated. the cyclone made landfall in southeastern bangladesh with the per hour.0 kilometers reporter: homes have been destroyed and trees are uprooted due to the powerful cyclone. many homeless people are in the cyclone shelters. bangladesh'sas hit south eastern area. the maximum wind speed recorded was 170 kilometers per hour.
commenters per hour. the cyclone lasted for five hours. are the most affected by the storm. makeshift houses were destroyed by the cyclone. earlier, the government than 400 thousand people from their homes. massive evacuation efforts are underway in the coastal areas. the government says they are trying to assess the damage caused by the cyclone. bangladesh has a long history of natural disasters. over the last 20 years, the government and humanitarian organizations have developed an early warning system that helped to save many lives during the cyclone. bbc news, chittagong. laura: a devastating cyclone in bangladesh.
you are watching bbc "world news america." still to come, the one-time u.s. ally ousted by u.s. invasion. the former panama dictator manuel noriega dies at the age of 83. police say tiger woods was asleep at the will of the stationary car and didn't know where he was when officers awoke him near his home in florida. he was charged with driving under the influence. unexpectedn reaction to medication and said alcohol was not involved. he has had four back surgeries. power correspondent has more on the story. oforter: in the early hours the morning, a mug shot of one of the world's greatest golfers. he has been arrested and charged
with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. he was stopped by police near his home in florida. he was held for several hours before being released. he put out a statement saying, "i want the public to know alcohol was not involved. what happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. i would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends, and fans. i will do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again." career, he of his was the world's number one. winning 14 major championships. recently, he has had 4 operations on his back. for the billion-dollar golfer, scandal is at the root of his demise. the first in 2009 when he had a bizarre early-morning car crash near his home, which led to allegations of extramarital
affairs. his marriage collapsed. with another incident in his car, his future is in question. some think he may still try to play on. bbc news. laura: the former dictator of panama, general manuel noriega has died. a useful ally in the 1980's to the nine at states, he was seen as helpful and an area where left-wing insurgencies were common. however, he was a notorious racketeer and drug runner. john simpson reports. john: american politicians used to say of leaders like manuel
noriega, "he may be a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch." noriega went too far. the cia used him to get information about fidel castro in cuba. then found out he was giving information about the cia to castro. they decided not to turn a blind eye to his large scale drug dealing anymore. especially when he started attacking america. " i say to the north americans, stop threatening because i am not afraid of death." by 1989, president george h.w. bush had had enough. noriega's threats and attacks on americans in panama created an imminent danger to the 35,000 american citizens in panama.
hid in the vatican embassy in panama city. the u.s. army bombarded the building with heavy metal music at unbearable levels. in 1990 he was flown to miami and charged with drug trafficking. although the defense argued the cia had known about this, he was sentenced to 40 years in jail in 1992. pineapple face, as he was known from his acne scars, was finally humiliated. at home, crowds rejoiced. some waved teddy bears come a because a weirdly noriega used to collect them. he spent the rest of his life in prison. two years ago he asked for forgiveness from all the people he had wronged. his death draws a line under the old latin america of corrupt and one ofctators
america's worst policy failures in supporting him. john simpson, bbc news. ofra: the complex legacy general noriega. what would it be like to step inside of a painting? you can find out. google has come up with a digital painting app allowing artists to create works in virtual reality. jane o'brien experienced the fourth dimension. here's what she discovered. pushing the boundaries of drawing is something she does daily. perhaps entering another dimension altogether wasn't that much of a stretch. >> i'm following the line within the space. jane: she is one of google's artists and residency working with tilt brush. >> it is about inviting someone into a room that used to only exist in your head.
the spectator is a part of the way that i think painting and visual arts has been trying to do, but not as entirely as you can in this inhabited reality. theodora,bradley virtual reality is a bridge between him and the public. he usually produces his skeleton portraits in acrylic paints, but says vr helps them share the process itself. >> when you're painting, you are in a different dimension. a lot of people wonder what that feels like and what you are thinking. this gives the person the ability to kind of step inside what you are creating and how you felt at that moment. jane: what is it like to step inside one of bradley's skeletons? and peepingskull through the eyes.
putting on a facemask is isolating and claustrophobic, but creates an intimacy with the artwork that you don't get in a gallery. i'm glad it is a pretty skeleton. i don't know how i would feel if it was a menacing skeleton. question, is it art at all or a clever bit of trickery? now we are talking. >> you have a set of tools like you have if you were a sculptor or dancer. you can manipulate those tools. the creative idea is realized in vr as it is in the real world. jane: for those who crave a shared experience, like a gallery, google launched a social platform where users can upload creations and others can alter them. it is another world. jane o'brien, bbc news, new york.
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: as president trump tries to settle back in after his trip to the middle east and europe, the white house faces new and persistent questions over the russia investigations. then, i sit down with the former director of national intelligence, james clapper, to talk north korea, the terrorist threat, and those recent revelations linking jared kushner to russia. >> if it's true that the objective here was to use russian secure communications as the mode of this dialogue or this communication, that is, i'll say "curious."